Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) - Saw this very tiny but very active bird this morning. They are easily identified by the bright red crown of feathers they flash occasionally. Swipe to see the second photo of the crown from behind.
Meet my friend the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. While taking images of a slow moving, surrounded by snow creek, I met this beautiful bird. If you know me well you know that I am a bird whisper. When I am lucky enough to be trusted by them, they don't fly away to the point that I hold them in my palm. It has been a long while since I've had the pleasure of doing it again, so today was pretty special. The purity of the snow covered tree branches and forest floor are a sight to behold.
Halloween at the bird lab: the first two images show a little white-throated sparrow (zonotrichia albicollis) that I prepped. It's especially autumnal because of the little orange "brows" which are typically yellow. Next, the two teeny birds in my hand are left: a winter wren (troglodytes hiemalis) and right: a ruby-crowned kinglet (regulus calendula). Lastly, the tufted talons of a beautiful barn owl (tyto alba)... it doesn't get much better than that.
This poor little dude hit a window downtown...I was able to go home and let him go in my backyard (filled with bird feeders and plenty of other birdy friends) and he flew off into a tree! Best of luck little chirp!